TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 11/24/10

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

(Tuesday nights, 10pm, ABC)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The promo for the second season of V is out and about. It contains a glimpse of the first episode. A second trailer has also been released. The biggest (sort of) reveal: they are modifying humans for breeding. Good. Now when does Tyler get turned into the first alien Big Mac?

Who is Lisa’s father? This is a question that we bet may be answered in season two. Laura Vandervoort does not give definitive answers, but wonders whether he is an alien or a human. I hope he is not a human, as that would be too bloody corny.

Rumours indicate Marc Singer may do a guest role during the second season and that Anna has a twin sister. I don’t find this information likely, but hey, I’m just reporting it. I would actually like to see Anna lock horns with her female relatives. Thanksgiving dinner would be a killer meal to watch. While we are at it, someone phone Michael Ironside and give him a badass role.

Jane Badler is almost done shooting in Vancouver. She has one more episode left before she returns to Australia to promote her new album Tears Again, which goes on sale in two weeks.

Photos! Ilana has new pictures of the V cast, including Jane Badler in her red dress. One of the photos shows Jane, Laura Vandervoot and Morris Chestnut shooting a scene before a green screen. Aha! Treason! Methinks grandma is going to ally herself with her graddaughter to scheme against Anna. A coup in the making?

Finally, and not surprising, V is a popular show for Republicans.

The Vampire Diaries (Thursday nights, 8pm, CW)
By Carla Lee

No Vampire Diaries spoilers column this week.

Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

We’ve got a brief Thanksgiving hiatus (with a rerun of “Exile on Main Street”) and then it’s back for the last two episodes of the year, starting on December 3. So, what have we got for spoilers coming up?

The Space promo for 6.09 used the original X-Files music, though the actual episode didn’t (It cost too much, I bet), and there was also a clip that included the Person on the Street interviews the brothers do early in the episode.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Castiel has an awful job that forces him to juggle and that Sam won’t be getting his soul back before midseason (though whether that means before the break is unclear. I’m guessing it doesn’t). Neither of these things is exactly a shocker, but some new info is that Sam will be beaten quite badly in 6.11 and that both brothers will end up at or near death’s door in that episode.

In further EW news, Sera Gamble reports that she thinks the new-and-increasingly-abusive ‘relationship’ between Dean and Sambot is “charming and enjoyable in its own twisted way”. That makes one of us. Also, “When we leave the boys on Dec. 10 for midseason break, Gamble said we can expect to end on ‘a hopeful note’ in the search to reclaim Sam’s soul. ‘My hope is that you’ll see the last frame of episode 11 and want to tune in for the first frame of episode 12.” My hope is that the last frame of 6.11 will show this “charming” storyline dead and buried with a stake through its heart, because it is really dragging this show down. But I suspect I’m hoping for too much, there. The writers always seem to grossly overestimate audience patience with Sam being a jackass.

Even more startling, however, is the synopsis for the episode: “DEATH RETURNS FOR A MEETING WITH DEAN – Dean (Jensen Ackles) seeks out Death (guest star Julian Richings) to help get Sam’s (Jared Padalecki) soul back. Death tells Dean he will help Sam if Dean will agree to act as Death for 24 hours. Meanwhile, Sam decides he doesn’t want his soul back and asks Balthazar (guest star Sebastian Roché) for a protective spell to keep his soul out of his body. Balthazar tells Sam he needs the blood of his father for the spell to work and since John Winchester is dead, Sam decides Bobby (Jim Beaver) is the next best thing. Posted on KSiteTV. Mike Rohl directed the episode written by Sera Gamble & Robert Singer (611).”

I’m guessing that whatever reputation Sam has left with any but the most diehard of his fans will be completely shot by the end of 6.11 (and it’s no shock whatsoever that Sam doesn’t want his soul back, since the writers never made any case for why he would). I see they’re putting Bobby in peril once again. I will believe Bobby is a goner, though, when it actually happens. They’ve cried wolf on that one a few too many times for me to buy it. But who knows? Maybe Dean will get stuck reaping him.

The CW promo is up for 6.10, as well as a sneak peek, in which we see Dean expressing the feeling that working for Crowley is like getting raped every day and Sam lies about wanting his soul back (which seems cruel, considering what Dean is doing to help get it back. Show a little appreciation, Sam). Considering that Crowley is King of the Crossroads and a CRD got Dean to sell his soul and go to Hell for four decades, I can see why working for Crowley bothers Dean far more than it does Sambot or Grandpa Shady. There’s also a new still, though it doesn’t show much we haven’t seen, already.

Last week’s TV Guide had a rehash of spoilers, nothing particularly new.

According to this site, the Supernatural animation DVD releases will be pushed back, with volume 1 coming out February 23. It will only be released in Japan, with English subtitles (What happened to Padalecki and Ackles doing the English dubs?). Also, this won’t be a complete reimagining of the series but instead, a redo of the first two seasons. That sounds…kinda lame.

Ask Kristin’s latest is that Chuck won’t be back any time soon and that his God storyline has been “dropped for now”. Why did I just get the sudden urge to put up that Brand New Information gif from Friends?

SpoilerTV is reporting that the title for 6.14 is “Mannequin 3: The Reckoning” and ONTD is reporting that 6.13’s title is “The Kiss of the Spider-Man”. Remember when this show used rock songs for its titles and they were awesome? Well, apparently, whoever comes up with the titles now is subjecting us to increasingly-silly crap episode titles. And this is coming from someone who enjoyed the original Mannequin movie. We can only hope that the quality of the episodes themselves won’t reflect that of the titles. I suppose one of these may end up being the latest meta episode they keep threatening to do.

There’s a new bumper promo out, this time for Castiel, showing him walking down a dark alleyway with the shadow of his wings.

Ratings were bad for this past week (dropping below two million) due to preemptions. However, the show did okay in its audience numbers, getting a 0.9 in adults 18-49 and a 1.1 in women, with better ratings once DVR numbers were included. While I’m tempted to blame these figures on audience dissatisfaction about Sambot (and some fans are indeed less than pleased) and the waffling over Dean’s storyline (or any storyline that doesn’t involve whining about Sambot) I think commentators like Stupid Colt over at Television without Pity make a good case that the actual problem stems from the preemptions – and, last week, the premiere of the new Harry Potter movie. However, I also think that maybe Dean getting most of the storyline buoyed ratings quite a bit until this was yanked away from him post-6.06. Just a thought, writers.

So, thoughts: I am really looking forward to Dean’s meeting with Death in 6.11 and why Death would want him to fill the Big Grim Reaper’s shoes for a day – in exchange for another favour, no less. I also, I admit, am hoping for a little Dean-whumpage for the episode, as long as it doesn’t involve Dean-humiliation, because I’m very tired of the latter. I have mixed feelings about 6.10. On the one hand, we have Rachel Miner coming back as Meg and Crowley may be getting his comeuppance. Plus, Castiel looks to be back in a big way. And the hints that Dean’s Hell-PTSD is roaring back while he works for the guy who basically got him sold to demonic rape and torture for 40 years could really stir the pot and bring it to a boil – finally.

But as this past week’s episode made all-too-clear, even the most intriguing storyline could be totally derailed in the third act by the writers’ laziness and attempts to draw things out by yet more Sam Done Come Back Wrong. I am stick-a-fork-in-me done with that storyline. Not even half a season in and it’s all played out. Just give him his friggin’ soul back and get on with the angels, alphas, Purgatory stuff, Grandpa Shady, and, most of all, why all of these folks want Dean working for them. You know, the stuff that’s actually interesting. Sambot is boring. Crazy Dean, who still seems to be stuck playing for Team Heaven, is not boring at all. More of the latter, please. Much more.

More spoilers next week. Stay tuned and check out our reviews of V, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural.

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